Drawing Plants: Claire Dalby

3 June–22 July 2021

Drawing Plants: Claire Dalby

Artist Claire Dalby and Hospitalfield invite you to join four, full day workshops to explore and appreciate plants by means of careful observation.

In the workshops you will explore Hospitalfield’s newly designed walled garden and restored Victorian Fernery by drawing the plants found within the garden using pencil and watercolour. Across four days, you will develop your techniques and ideas through careful studies of individual leaves, single plants and the composition of two or more plants placed together. We will be drawing in the garden, as well as within the newly-restored Fernery.

About Claire Dalby
Claire Dalby RWS RE was born in St Andrews, brought up in London and lives in Perthshire. At 18 she was awarded an E T Greenshields Scholarship, and three years later, a David Murray (landscape) Studentship. In 2000, thanks to a Shackleton Scholarship, she visited the Falkland Islands to draw landscapes. She paints and exhibits landscape and still life watercolours and has made numerous wood- engravings mostly of landscape and garden subjects – most of which were shown over the years at the RA Summer Exhibition. She married the botanist, D.H. Dalby, and consequently has been drawing plants for many years. They ran numerous botanical illustration courses together, including for the Edinburgh Botanics, and for Kew. More recently Claire has been teaching at the St Andrews Botanic Garden. She was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS and by BISCOT.

In addition to studies of flowering plants she designed and illustrated two wall charts together depicting about 100 lichen species for the Natural History Museum, London, for which the Linnean Society awarded her the Jill Smithies Prize. She has also contributed for illustrations to several botanical publications – including “Shetland Lichens” co-authored with her husband.


10.30am – 4.00pm Thursday 3 June (online via Zoom)

10.30am – 4.00pm Thursday 10 June, at Hospitalfield

10.30am – 4.00pm Thursday 1 July, at Hospitalfield

10.30am – 4.00pm Thursday 22 July, at Hospitalfield


How to sign up

Places are limited to twelve for this course.  To express your interest please email Kirsten Wilson kirsten@hospitalfield.org.uk with your name, contact details and a short paragraph describing how this course would benefit you and your artistic practice.

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